Ellen Mueller

INTRO TO VISUAL CRITICISM & THEORY (FOR THE GRAD SCHOOL CURIOUS) – 2021

by Ellen Mueller on April 26, 2021, no comments

Intro to Visual Crit and Theory

This summer I’m teaching a 4-week online workshop, Intro to Criticism & Theory (For the Grad School Curious) designed as a brief introduction to visual theory and criticism through reading, writing, and discussion.

We will examine common critical lenses (feminist, marxist, colonialist, etc.), the importance of context, themes such as the everyday, humor, privilege and difference, as well as a topic selected by the class (I’ll provide a menu of options). We’ll also look at the history of visual theory and criticism, definitions, and why the study of theory and criticism is included in graduate programs.

Students will learn about a number of resources, from anthologies of writing, to topic-specific books. This class is aimed at people who have completed a bachelor’s degree, especially those who might be considering graduate study at some point in the future.

DETAILS:

  • Four Tuesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm Central Time
  • June 28 – July 25, 2021 — online meetings
  • No required textbooks (I’ll distribute PDFs of readings)
  • Open to students ages 18+
  • Register before July 21. If the minimum enrollment is not met by that deadline, the class will be canceled. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum has been met.

CLASS SAVINGS

  • Register on or before May 10 and save $25.
  • Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).
  • Additional savings. Are you eligible?

Questions? Contact MCAD Continuing Education at continuing_education@mcad.edu or call 612.874.3765.

Walking As Artistic Practice

by Ellen Mueller on April 20, 2021, no comments

Walking as artistic practice

This summer I’m teaching a 3-week online workshop, Walking as Artistic Practice.

This workshop is designed as a brief survey of some of the origins, theories, processes, and manifestations of walking as art. Read, watch, and discuss perspectives on walking-based projects. Using this information as a springboard, students will complete their own walking exercises, and execute original walking-based projects. This summer we will be covering the following three topics: embodiment, memory, and place. Open to students ages 18 and above.

This remote class will be conducted via Google Meet. It will include presentations by the instructor, walking projects/exercises, class discussions, and opportunities for students to share their work.

Required hardware: A computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet access, a camera, and microphone for class meetings and to capture and upload work. Required supplies for the first class: Pen or pencil; notebook or sketchbook; digital or cell phone camera.

DETAILS:

  • Three Saturdays, 1:00-4:00 pm Central Time
  • July 31 – August 14, 2021 — online meetings
  • No required textbooks (I’ll distribute PDFs of readings)
  • Open to students ages 18+
  • Register before July 26. If the minimum enrollment is not met by that deadline, the class will be canceled. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum has been met.

CLASS SAVINGS

  • Register on or before May 10 and save $25.
  • Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).
  • Additional savings. Are you eligible?

Questions? Contact MCAD Continuing Education at continuing_education@mcad.edu or call 612.874.3765.

Intro to Group Critique (For the Grad School Curious)

by Ellen Mueller on April 18, 2021, no comments

Intro to Group Critique

This summer I’m teaching a 3-week online workshop, Intro to Group Critique (For the Grad School Curious) designed as a brief introduction to group critique through presentations, readings, discussions, and practicing as a group.

We will introduce students to best practices for group critique, and will provide some time to practice critiquing each other’s work. All makers, media, and creative practices are welcome. We will talk about why we critique, cultivating a growth mindset, crafting a group agreement, giving and receiving feedback, and navigating sensitive conversations.

This class is aimed at people who have completed a bachelor’s degree, especially those who might be considering graduate study at some point in the future.

Details:

  • Three Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm Central Time
  • July 26 – August 13, 2021 — online meetings
  • No required textbooks (I’ll distribute PDFs of readings)
  • Open to students ages 18+
  • Register before July 21. If the minimum enrollment is not met by that deadline, the class will be canceled. Registration will remain open after this date if the minimum has been met.

Class Savings

  • Register on or before May 10 and save $25.
  • Register for more than one class at a time and receive $25 off each additional class (same-day registrations only).
  • Additional savings. Are you eligible?

Questions? Contact MCAD Continuing Education at continuing_education@mcad.edu or call 612.874.3765.

Consulting Now Available

by Ellen Mueller on April 18, 2021, no comments

Ellen Mueller Professional Consultant

I’ve been consulting on the side for many years, but never formalized it on my website until just recently.

You can now view a description of what I offer on this page, along with my contact information to discuss ideas.

Feel free to share with those who could use a second-set of eyes on their materials, or someone to bounce ideas off of.